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Wayne Rooney sends message to Southgate ahead of England vs Wales

England face Wales in their final group game this coming Tuesday.

The tie is of little importance to England, who will still make it into the last-16 as long as they do not lose by four goals, which seems unlikely.

As a result, England will be turning their attention towards the last-16, where one of the Netherlands, Senegal or Ecuador await.

Should England put in a display similar to the one that saw them draw 0-0 with the USA on Friday, a last-16 exit seems likely.

England were awful in attack with Mason Mount especially poor in his central role. Despite Mount’s display, Gareth Southgate refused to bring on Foden in a central position as he does not play there for Manchester City, ignoring the fact that Mount has spent a good chunk of his Chelsea career as one of the wide options in a 3-4-3.

Now, Wayne Rooney has sent a message to Gareth Southgate, urging him to start Foden on Tuesday:

“I found it very strange that Foden did not come on as a substitute against the USA,” he wrote in The Times. “Technically, he is the best footballer England have.

“I think if you have a talent like Foden, you simply have to play him. He is now a different player from the one we saw at Euro 2020, when he struggled to make an impact. He is more mature and came into this tournament on the back of a long period of brilliant performances for Manchester City. He has the form to go with the ability.

“If I were him, I would be very frustrated that I didn’t get on the pitch at any stage of Friday’s game.”

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Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.

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